Exchange District residents are losing their street parking passes because more turnover is needed for area businesses, a civic parking spokesman said today.
Some 130 Exchange-area residents have paid $25 per year for passes that allow them to park on any street in the Exchange for as long as they want.
Randy Topolniski, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Parking Authority, said the residents will lose their $25 per year passes at the end of August.
Area residents have expressed anger about the change, with some saying they will consider moving, but Topolniski said area residents were given a year to look for alternative parking.
"It's not discouraging people (from living there)," Topolniski said.
"You have cultural, education, residential and businesses. I think this mostly is supporting the balance between all these groups to help the area become an extremely vibrant community."
Topolniski said the city is setting up a pilot project that will cost residents $100 per month to get two hours of free parking each day as well as overnight and long-term parking on three streets with underused parking spots.